People continue to believe in that garbage because they want there to be a heaven with golden streets. They want to believe there is a life after this. Unfortunately we are the only species truly created to use logic and reasoning with good or evil. Well ... it's been created to falsify those hopes, get millions of dollars from those stupid enough to fall for it, and waste the money on a basketball court for the kids, maybe hand out 2% of it to local charities or their missions ... speaking of which, I'll add to your list, which pretty much already nailed all of the problems I've had with the Bible growing up (especially the telephone one; funny I've used the same example with friends of mine!):
-If God's MISSION is to save us all from our sins, how are the "unsaved" supposed to know about him? If God gave us free will and knows everything, then he knows who will go to hell, but it's "OK" because it's part of "God's plan?" Get real! If there is a god that created us with individuality and free will, but ultimately knows who will go to heaven or hell, he's a freaking sick bastard!
-Think of all the women that abort their unwanted children every year. 42 million worldwide are aborted each year (caught from http://www.abortionno.org/Resources/fastfacts.html
) ... 42 ... million ... how can a god allow that??? How can that possibly be all part of "God's plan?"
-Jesus going into the temple (Mark 11:15-19) and tipping over tables and angrily telling people to basically get the F out ... if you are the SON OF GOD and your MISSION is to save people, wouldn't you give them all a reality check in a nice calm manner instead of childishly and immaturely tossing tables and crying like a little baby over it? With someone like an outrage like that, you can see why the Romans wanted him dead!
-The miracles ... turning water into wine, or turning 5 loaves and 2 fish into enough to feed 5,000 ... SHOW ME THIS SORCERY! I know I can turn water into coffee with an instant coffee pack, but this is unbelievable!
To sum it up, I would LOVE to believe in life after death, and all of this stuff concerning Jesus, but it's just as false and fake as any other religion ... it's all used to control people.
I've been a Christian for 20 years but this is it. My fiancee finds it hard to believe that I no longer believe in something that I was recently "100%" sure about, but when I took the time to read the Bible from an unbiased nonbeliever's perspective, like you said with Genesis, it all just fell apart in my hands! The snake that tells Eve to eat the fruit ... SNAKES CAN'T TALK!